Most immigration polls are variations on the one taken by the liberal Brookings Institution last March. Although it has been endlessly cited for allegedly showing that a majority of Americans support amnesty, the poll never asked about amnesty, or any real policy.
Rather, the poll gave respondents only two options, neither of which have been proposed by either political party or are up for a vote anywhere in America.
The options were:
“The best way to solve the country’s illegal immigration problem is to secure our borders and arrest and deport all those who are here illegally”;
“The best way to solve the country’s illegal immigration problem is to both secure our borders and provide an earned path to citizenship for illegal
immigrants already in the U.S.”
Neither of those choices describes the position of anyone on either side of the immigration debate. Amnesty proponents have no intention of either securing the border or making illegals do anything to “earn” citizenship. Meanwhile, not a single amnesty opponent has proposed any program to “arrest and deport” illegals.
But amnesty proponents turn around and cite this fraudulent poll as proof that a majority of Americans support “a path to legalization.”